However, there was a slight change in script when Indian skipper MS Dhoni walked into the room, packed to the brim with eager journalists, and surprised everyone with a query: “Can I know who spelt the name of Sachin Tendulkar in one of the posters that are put up in stadium?” he asked with a mischievous grin.
It was misspelt as ‘Sachine’, and the quick observer that Dhoni is, he was not likely to let this one pass! To their relief, it was none of the journalists who had got the spelling wrong, but the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) who probably in their eagerness to get things in place as quickly as possible, took a liberty with this spelling.
Desperate search for tickets still on
Cricket Associations in the country have initiated a host of measures to curtail black marketing of tickets. Although they have succeeded considerably to check this menace, there’s still some ground to be covered, as the CAB is realising.
They have sold out all the tickets available in the Rs 500 category, but many genuine fans with modest means, who want to witness Tendulkar’s landmark Test are being taken for a ride by unscrupulous elements, keen to make a quick buck. These tickets were available for Rs 1500 yesterday, but the worse part is some of these blackmarketeers were operating metres away from where policemen were standing guard!
Eden is high on cricket history
The Eden Gardens has contributed a great deal to Indian cricket and to their credit, the CAB have done well to preserve some of these memories, in the form of framed photos, framed scoreboards and oil paintings. The lobby at the stadium is decorated with this memorabilia, and it is thanks to these that one found out that the Eden Gardens was once known as Auckland Circus Gardens.
There are numerous other frames that would be of great interest to fans, for example, the framed scoreboard of the first India-West Indies Test at the venue, a match in which the legendary Everton Weeks scored 162 and 101. Then, there’s the scoresheet of the first match held at the Eden Gardens, the jersey that Sourav Ganguly famously waved after India beat England in the 2002 ODI NatWest final at Lord’s.